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True Games Interactive Is UTV True Games

True Games, an international publisher of multi-player online games, has announced that it will immediately begin operating under the name UTV True Games. UTV Software Communications Ltd (UTV) holds a majority strategic stake in the company. The company’s management, operations

Surya Mantha Quits

Surya Mantha, Executive Director, Convergence, Network18, has put in his papers. Earlier, he was CEO, Web18, the Internet and mobile arm of Network18, for nearly four years. He has joined Omidyar Network which belongs to husband and wife duo, Pierre

Prime Focus Expands

Prime Focus has announced a significant capital investment and expansion of its global stereoscopic 3D (S3D) pipeline. Finishing touches are underway at the company’s new world headquarters in Mumbai, which will house seven S3D theatres and over 600 artist seats,

Key Appointments At Disney India

The Walt Disney Company India has announced three expanded strategic leadership roles. Roshini Bakshi has been promoted as Vice President, Consumer Products, Publishing and Retail. Bakshi will oversee all of Disney’s retail interests and continue to be responsible for strategy

Ambika Sharma is COO, Jagran Solutions

Ambika Sharma, National Head, Jagran Solutions, has been promoted as Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Sharma will continue to lead the activations arm of Jagran Prakashan. Earlier, she was associated with Encompass, an experiential marketing company under the

Linc Pen Is Official Literacy Partner

Linc Pen has joined hands with the IIFA Awards 2010 as their official ‘literacy partner’. Both Linc Pen and the IIFA Awards share a common vision – that of a Literate India. This association is a result of the merging

Star India Hikes Stake in Tata Sky

The Government of India has approved a proposal by Star India Holding BV to acquire up to 49 per cent shareholding in TS Investment Ltd, which in turn will acquire shares of Tata Sky for Rs 3.24 billion. The Foreign

Four To Go

New production house, In Depth Entertaining Arts, is making its foray into tinsel town, with as many as four projects currently at various stages of production. The Chairman of the production house is Sandeep Sangwan and matching shoulders with Sangwan

Prime Focus Appoints Karan Singh

Prime Focus has appointed Karan Singh to its UK commercials production team to oversee projects that use the Prime Focus Global Digital Pipeline. This is the driver behind the company’s pioneering Worldsourcing business model, which enables its talent to share

Ashish Bahl Joins Neo Sports

Neo Sports has appointed Ashish Bahl as Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, for their two channels (Neo Sports and Neo Cricket). Prior to the appointment, Bahl was with Contract Advertising as Vice-President and Business Head. A strategic marketing and communications professional,

Ramon Chibb to Head

National Geographic Channel India (NGC) has appointed Ramon Chibb as Senior Vice-President – Content. Ramon will be in charge of all conceptualisation, content creation and programming at both National Geographic Channels and Fox History and Entertainment from June 15. With

Reliance Hikes Stake

Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) company Reliance MediaWorks has acquired an additional 1.89 lakh shares of multiplex chain Fame India along with two other group firms, taking the total stake in the multiplex chain to 14.34 per cent. R-ADAG’s

Mani Ratnam Honoured

The 67th Venice International Film Festival will honour filmmaker Mani Ratnam with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award in September. Ratnam’s name will thus be added to the likes of past winners like Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnes Varda,

NewsX Announces

NewsX has announced that it will re-launch itself with a new identity. The channel’s new name will be Independent Media Network News, or IMN News. The new brand identity is another step in NewsX’s ongoing process of realigning and revitalising

A Wider Portfolio

The responsibilities of Tom Gleeson, Vice-President, Digital Media, ESPN International, who currently oversees the company’s growing digital businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), have been expanded to include overseeing all ESPN digital media efforts outside of the

Viraj Singh Joins Viacom 18

Viacom 18 Media has appointed Viraj Singh as National Head for Viacom 18 Brand Solutions, a division set up to develop clients by building customised solutions on MTV and Vh1. Singh’s mandate is to focus on opening revenue opportunities through

Discovery Launches Life

Discovery channel is gearing up to launch a new series called Life, which captures the unique struggle for survival among different species across continents. Life, which has been filmed over 3,000 days, aims to narrate 130 different stories featuring rare

UTV Action Partners With Marvel

UTV Action, an actionmovie channel, has announced an association with comic book giant Marvel Comics in India. Marvel Comics has a popular line-up of superhero properties like Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Xmen, Wolverine, The Hulk and many more.

Shenazz Nadirshah quits

Shenazz Nadirshah, Associate Vice President– Feature Films, Percept Picture Company (PPC) has put in her resignation. Prior to joining Percept, Shenazz worked with Bajaji Telefilms Ltd. as Head – Films Department (Prod, Marketing and Distribution).

Aircel-Balaji Deal

Telecom operator Aircel and Balaji Telefilms Ltd have announced the launch of India’s first-ever interactive, detective mobile series – Kriminal Kaun. This interactive, detective series has been introduced by New Media, the digital entity of Balaji Telefilms Ltd. Kriminal Kaun

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